I've found very little information so far, am i doing this right?

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in Genealogy Help by Rodney Thomas G2G Rookie (280 points)
edited by Keith Hathaway
My great grandmother was a Thomas whose line traced back to Massachusetts. Before I retired, I represented a manufacturer in Alexander City, Alabama which is not too far from Scottsboro, Alabama where some of your ancestors lived.

Which ancestors do you want to trace back to their parents? Don't be reluctant to ask any question that's on your mind. You can get lots of good responses to questions at this site.
Bill Thomas was my great grandfather,married to cynthia austin.id like to find out who bills father was,all from north alabama, and keep going thanks

8 Answers

+5 votes
Hi Rodney:

What kind of information are you looking for?  Are you researching a particular person?  With more details, someone is bound to be able to help you find information.
by J. Crook G2G6 Pilot (201k points)
im just trying to build my tree and theres not been many confirmed matches with other peoples trees.or any records that ive found in the past with other websites.

WikiTree is not one of those genealogy websites that suggests that you can enter your name and personal data to get an instant family tree.

We are all researching our ancestry and documenting it here -- and sooner or later almost all of us discover that there are cousins or other relatives who have researched and documented some shared ancestors, so we can connect our families and combine our information.

Looking at your tree, I'd say you are off to a good start in adding your family here. Familysearch.org should be a rich source of records (census records, marriage records, death certificates, etc.) to add source documentation for your existing profiles and find additional ancestors and cousins.

And note that you should merge those two profiles for Adline Allen. Duplicates like those just seem to happen sometimes, and they should be merged.

thanks
Although I will say that I did a nice happy dance when I found my first cousin who had entered in a profile for me (one that we shared). So keep looking - your link to the global tree and to a whole batch of cousins could be right around the corner.
+6 votes

I'm trying to anticipate what information you are interested in. It looks like your Frank Thomas was married to Mary Grace Gintle Thomas

Mary Grace Gentle Thomas

Birth:  Nov. 24, 1920
Jackson County
Alabama, USA
Death:  Oct. 10, 1997
Jackson County
Alabama, USA
image
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Samuel M. Gentle (1886 - 1936)
  Polly Ann Talkington Gentle (1885 - 1950)
 
 Spouse:
  Frank Thomas (1916 - 2000)
 
 Siblings:
  Maude Gentle Talley (1906 - 1982)*
  Claude A. Gentle (1910 - 1945)*
  Ernest Newton Gentle (1912 - 1969)*
  Homer Franklin Gentle (1915 - 1949)*
  Mary Grace Gentle Thomas (1920 - 1997)
  John Grady Gentle (1923 - 1945)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Rest In Peace
 
Burial:
Cedar Hill Cemetery 
Scottsboro
Jackson County
Alabama, USA
Plot: Div 17, R3
 
Created by: grammy
Record added: Feb 26, 2011 
Find A Grave Memorial# 66185940
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)

Frank Thomas

Birth:  Apr. 11, 1916
Death:  May 23, 2000
image
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Mary Grace Gentle Thomas (1920 - 1997)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Rest In Peace
 
Burial:
Cedar Hill Cemetery 
Scottsboro
Jackson County
Alabama, USA
Plot: Div 17, R3
 
Created by: grammy
Record added: Feb 26, 2011 
Find A Grave Memorial# 66185939

 
+4 votes
Bill Thomas was born Dec. 18, 1859 and died Jan 29, 1921.

Birth:

Dec. 18, 1859

Death:

Jan. 29, 1921

 
Cynthie Thomas

Birth:     1862
Death:     1948

 
Burial:
Proctor Cemetery
Jackson County
Alabama, USA
 
Created by: Lin
Record added: Jul 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39404024

Burial:
Proctor Cemetery
Jackson County
Alabama, USA

 
Created by: Lin
Record added: Jul 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39404005
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
Rodney,

Did not find anything more than the Proctor Cemetery information. Hope that someone else at WikiTree can add to that.

Frank
+5 votes
Hope you don't mind - I added sourcing information to John Benton Hall and a little to Adalind (Find-A-Grave info).

John's father appears to be Hosea, but I couldn't find any information on him. I'm wondering if he was a young man at the time of the Civil War. This might explain his disappearance around that time frame.

(Fixed Last name to HALL - not THOMAS)
by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (989k points)
+5 votes

The father of Bill Thomas born 1859-1860 is listed as Anderson Thomas age 45 per the 1870 US Census in Alabama. 

/familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHKP-R96 

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
edited by Frank Gill

Bill Thomas

United States Census, 1870

Name Bill Thomas
Event Type Census
Event Year 1870
Event Place Alabama, United States
Gender Male
Age 10
Race Black
Race (Original) B
Birth Year (Estimated) 1859-1860
Birthplace Alabama
Page Number 2

Household

Role

Sex

Age

Birthplace

Anderson Thomas   M 45 North Carolina
Eliza Thomas   F 20 Alabama
Frances Thomas   F 18 Alabama
Manda Thomas   F 16 Alabama
Martha Thomas   F 14 Alabama
Henry Thomas   M 12 Alabama
Bill Thomas   M 10 Alabama
Margaret Thomas   F 6 Alabama
Robert Thomas   M 4 Alabama
Eliza Jones Thomas   F 0 Alabama

image

View the original document. The original may contain more information than was indexed.

United States Census, 1870

Household ID 12
Line Number 27
Affiliate Name The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number M593
GS Film number 000545532
Digital Folder Number 004257610
Image Number 00447

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHKP-R96 : 17 October 2014), Bill Thomas in household of Anderson Thomas, Alabama, United States; citing p. 2, family 12, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,532.

Nice work, Frank!
cant be right it says hes black.i done a dna test and im 99.7 percent european
+6 votes
Rodney,

      I looked at your tree and took the liberty of pushing back your mothers, talkington line. 2 generations.  All newly created profiles are properly sourced and I removed myself as profile manager so you may take them over.    I only put in the direct line, but you can use the census records cited, to fill in siblings, if you like.

I hope that helps.

craig
by Craig Albrechtson G2G6 Mach 8 (84.8k points)
Thanks,im new on here,just trying to figure it out.
+5 votes
One more thing.  Since I had pushed back your line, a bit, I decided to see if someone else had created a profile for the parents of your ancestor Mary Ann Isbell.  Sure enough, they had been created.  So I linked them up and now you can trace your lineage all the way back to the American revolution and beyond.

Just trace the line,  i think you'll find it interesting.
by Craig Albrechtson G2G6 Mach 8 (84.8k points)
thank you
That's pretty awesome, Craig!
wow,thats awsome craig,all the way back to england.i appreciate that.im new to this sight and im finding it hard to do so far but this is real accurate.i just got to figure out how to connect my sources.thanks again
+4 votes

Hello Rodney, Welcome to WikiTree.  I have been working at getting my family listed here since March 2016.  This is a great site to put your research and connect with others but if you are new to genealogy it can be a bit daunting because the goal is to have a single profile for each person and to have sources for information added.

My suggestions:

  • You have already added 24 profiles, but I didn't see any sources.  I would suggest you stop adding and try to find sources.  Try to find information that has scans of actual documents if possible... not other family trees since you can go wrong with those.  familysearch.org is free and has lots of information.  I found this marriage record for Adeline Elizabeth Allen.  You can just copy the source citation from their site... The actual link is in parenthesis so you can just copy it and it should take you to a copy of the marriage certificate.

"Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89HV-F97X-M?cc=1743384&wc=3LJP-BZS%3A1586948201 : 21 July 2015), 007316605 > image 406 of 669; county courthouses, Alabama.

  • Continue to ask for help.  My family was mostly located in Alabama and I have Allen ancestors so at some point our families may connect.There are good sources and information on the site about how to do things.G2G questions are usually answered with helpful hints

  • Look over other profiles to see how others are doing things.

  • Take your time and you will gain confidence.Mistakes are made all the time and can be corrected.We sometimes find that what we thought was true is disproved and needs to be altered in the future.

  • Whenever possible try to include location and date information to help determine if there is a match with someone of a similar name.You can mark it uncertain if you are not sure it is correct.

  • Contact me if you would like to ask me for help.

  • Have fun and enjoy your discoveries.

Cherry (Cushing-1054)

by Cherry Duve G2G6 Mach 4 (41.0k points)
i appreciate your comment.ive just got to learn how to add sources.a good part of my relatives are buried close to me,so i can take pictures of the grave sight.i already have a bunch of pictures of them.if you find any of your relatives are near scottsboro alabama let me know and i will take pictures and send them to you.
What do i do when i request a merge and they dont answer me back?ive found a match but they said not to create a new profile if one already exists.

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